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Energy Disclosure & the New Frontier for American Jobs

Energy Disclosure & the New Frontier for American Jobs Download PDF
Publication Date: 2012 Author: Andrew Burr, Elton Sherwin Program Area:Policy

This report shows how a new kind of energy policy is creating skilled, export-proof jobs in cities across the United States. Under this type of policy, called building energy rating and disclosure, owners of large buildings track exactly how much energy their properties use. Armed with this information, they can make changes that reduce their utility bills and those of their tenants—helping everyone’s bottom line.

When buildings’ energy use is made transparent (given a grade that is published online or shared in a real estate transaction), it’s like an MPG sticker for buildings. Americans can shop for office space or a new apartment with an eye on how much it will cost them in utilities. That, in turn, spurs owners to make their buildings more efficient, creating demand for specialists who can help reduce energy use: energy managers and auditors, sustainability consultants, and HVAC professionals.

Energy Disclosure & the New Frontier for American Jobs profiles business leaders who are adding jobs and expanding their client rosters. These are mostly small business owners who are pioneers in the emerging field of building energy management.

The foreword to the report is by Elton Sherwin, managing director of Ridgewood Capital.

See also: Analysis of Job Creation and Energy Cost Savings From Building Energy Rating and Disclosure Policy